Sipping Off The Cuff: El Silencio Mezcal

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In this episode of Sipping Off The Cuff, Tequila Aficionado’s Alexander Perez and Mike Morales introduce our first official Mezcal tasting (look for Sotols coming soon too) of 2014 with El Silencio Mezcal.  This promises to be a year filled with delicious mezcals and we are pleased to kick it off with Brand of Promise Nominee El Silencio.

 

From El Silencio Online:

Mezcal El Silencio is a premium “joven” 100% Agave blend or “ensemble”. Using only the finest and carefully selected 10-12 year old Agave, it is handmade in small batches to be smooth, elegant, and delightfully complex.

Our joven “silver” Mezcal combines the aroma of sundried vegetables, leather, dried fruit, and sweet smoke, becoming the first choice of both connoisseurs and social drinkers alike. El Silencio is a sipping Mezcal, yet mixes flawlessly into hand crafted cocktails. Each bottle is individually labeled, numbered, and signed by our Master Mezcalier.

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Look for many more Mezcals coming in the 2nd half of 2014 at Tequila Aficionado Media!

Mezcal
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mezcal, or mescal, is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant (a form of agave, Agave americana) native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli and ixcalli which means “oven-cooked agave”.

The maguey grows in many parts of Mexico, though most mezcal is made in Oaxaca. There is a saying attributed to Oaxaca regarding the drink: “para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien también” (“for everything bad, mezcal; for everything good, the same”).

It is unclear whether distilled drinks were produced in Mexico before the Spanish Conquest. The Spaniards were introduced to native fermented drinks such as pulque, also made from the maguey plant. Soon the conquistadors began experimenting with the maguey plant to find a way to make a distillable fermented mash. The result was mezcal.

Today, mezcal is still made from the heart of the maguey plant, called the “piña”, much the same way it was 200 years ago, in most places. In Mexico, mezcal is generally consumed straight and has a strong smoky flavor. Though mezcal is not as popular as tequila (a mezcal made specifically from the blue agave in select regions of the country), Mexico does export the product, mostly to Japan and the United States, and exports are growing.

Despite the similar name, mezcal does not contain mescaline or other psychedelic substances.

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Honoring the Jimadores & One Famous Jimadora

Una Jimadora Famosa

Continuing with our Quinceanera celebration, we pay homage to the jimadores and present the most famous jimadora ever, Senora Angelica Rivera, heroine of the telenovela Destilando Amor, singing Gaviota.

 

Tequila Distilleries & Brands Updated

gaviota, Quinceanera, jimador, destilando amor, jimadoraOur updated list of tequila distilleries and brands, the “Nom List”, as of 30 June 2014, is now available for download in both PDF and Excel formats. Click on any of the underlined items within the list to be taken directly to our reviews, articles, tasting notes and features on each tequila brand.

Destilando Amor and the Jimadora

Montalvo, Gaviota, and El Jimador are all represented in our nom list.  Do you know the significance of each brand as they relate to Destilando Amor?

 

Tequila Brands Old & New

gaviota, Quinceanera, jimador, destilando amor, jimadoraEach of our NOM Lists contains the names and information of brands that have previously appeared on NOM lists in the past but have since been dropped by the CRT. Pinpointing your treasure bottles has never been easier! Please understand that this list is not a comprehensive list of every tequila brand ever made. We make every effort to be sure it is as accurate as possible from the time we at Tequila Aficionado Media began publishing our lists in 2013.

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30 June 2014 NOM List in PDF format

30 June 2014 NOM List in Excel format

Click on any RED link within the NOM list to see the Tequila Aficionado articles and reviews on that brand. *Color Coding*

  • Brands highlighted in Green are recent additions (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for first shown date)
  • Brands highlighted in Red did not appear on the current list (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for last shown date)
  • Brands highlighted in Blue are suspected of using a diffusor in production.

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Mariachis & New Nom List

In keeping with our celebration, we hope you will enjoy these mariachis as much as we have.

 

mariachi minion, mariachiTequila Distilleries & Brands Updated

 

Our updated list of tequila distilleries and brands, the “Nom List”, as of 23 June 2014, is now available for download in both PDF and Excel formats. Click on any of the underlined items within the list to be taken directly to our reviews, articles, tasting notes and features on each tequila brand.

 

fortalezaTequila Brands Old & New

 

Each of our NOM Lists contains the names and information of brands that have previously appeared on NOM lists in the past but have since been dropped by the CRT. Pinpointing your treasure bottles has never been easier! Please understand that this list is not a comprehensive list of every tequila brand ever made. We make every effort to be sure it is as accurate as possible from the time we at Tequila Aficionado Media began publishing our lists in 2013.

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23 June 2014 NOM List in PDF format

23 June 2014 NOM List in Excel format

Click on any RED link within the NOM list to see the Tequila Aficionado articles and reviews on that brand.

*Color Coding*

  • Brands highlighted in Green are recent additions (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for first shown date)
  • Brands highlighted in Red did not appear on the current list (see comment on Excel spreadsheet for last shown date)
  • Brands highlighted in Blue are suspected of using a diffusor in production.

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Celebrate Our Quinceanera!

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Happy Birthday To Us!

In addition to celebrating M.A. “Mike” Morales’ birthday today, we are also kicking off our very own quinceanera celebration as Tequila Aficionado turns fifteen this month!

Join us as we celebrate by pulling out all the stops with some fantastic new content!

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Sipping Off The Cuff: Dulce Dorado Tequila

Mike Morales & Alex Perez taste & discuss Dulce Dorado Honey Vanilla Tequila on this week’s Sipping Off The Cuff.

Dave and Andrea have traveled to the small beach town of Puerto Penasco, Mexico for many years. They instantly fell in love with the beautiful beaches, relaxed culture and, of course, the tequila.

In 2006, they met Carlos, a shop owner, who offered them a taste of an unforgettable Mezcal. This Mezcal was an infusion of maple and agave that had been perfected by his family for more than 100 years. The combination was delicious and very easy to drink and inspired Dave and Andrea.

They started infusing tequila with their own favorite flavors of honey and vanilla. After many attempts, they finally arrived at their secret recipe for some of the smoothest, easiest drinking tequila they had ever tasted. “When can I buy this?” was commonly heard from family and friends who were lucky enough to be among the early taste-testers. Dave and Andrea knew they were on to something. In 2011, they began working to bring their dream to fruition and are proud to present it to you today.

 

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Slim and Sexyrita

1 1/2 oz. Dulce Dorado Tequila

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

4 oz. diet grapefruit soda

1/2 lime (juiced)

Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glass

Garnish with lime wedge

 

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